Members of family law organisation Resolution were celebrated in the 2017 Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Awards (LALYs).
Resolution member Mary Shaw was awarded the LALY for her work as a family lawyer and mediator, and Sheila Donn for her public family work where she specialises in complex care cases.
The LALYs, run by the Legal Aid Practitioners Group (LAPG) are legal aid’s most prestigious event and exist to honour the often unsung champions of the legal profession who do so much to support some of society’s most vulnerable people.
The awards are now in their fifteenth year, and Resolution has once again sponsored the two family categories: Family Public and Family Private (including mediation).
Resolution chair Nigel Shepherd said:
“I’d like to extend warm congratulations to all of the winners and finalists at last night’s LALY awards and in particular Resolution’s Mary and Sheila and for their fantastic achievement. They are great ambassadors for the values that Resolution promotes.
“The work legal aid practitioners do is vital to ensuring that our society remains just and fair. The cuts to legal aid funding continue to have a profound impact on the profession, but it’s people like those recognised at the LALYs who work tirelessly to ensure that vulnerable and disadvantaged people continue to have access to justice.”
Legal Aid Practitioners Group director Carol Storer said:
“LAPG is proud to organise the LALY awards on behalf of the entire profession. Like Resolution, we are committed to recognising and inspiring excellence among legal aid lawyers. This is our 15th of the awards, and the calibre of 2017 entrants remains impressively high, and a tribute to the vital and life-changing work that legal aid lawyers do every day of their working lives.
“Nowhere is this demonstrated more clearly than in the two family categories, where the commitment of the finalists to protecting children and families is quite outstanding. This is difficult, demanding and important work, and LAPG is pleased to be able to give family legal aid lawyers and mediators the recognition they deserve.”